There are a lot of Japanese movies such as Rashomon, Akira, Tokyo Story, Ikiru, Ugetsu, Late Spring, Seven Samurai, Harakiri, Twenty-Four Eyes and Yojimbo. But here we are focusing on the modern Japanese films that are from the 2000s and then.
Now let’s see the list of Japanese movies which are must watch.
1. Late Spring (1949)
Noriko, a 27-year old, refuses to get married and part ways with her widower father. Her aunt and sister try to convince her, but all in vain. Will anyone ever convince Noriko to get married?
2. Rashomon (1950)
Brimming with action while incisively examining the nature of truth, “Rashomon” is perhaps the finest film ever to investigate the philosophy of justice. Through an ingenious use of camera and flashbacks, Kurosawa reveals the complexities of human nature as four people recount different versions of the story of a man’s murder and the rape of his wife.
3. Seven Samurai (1954)
A veteran samurai gathers six samurais to protect a village from the cruel bandits. As the samurais teach the natives how to defend themselves, the village is attacked by a pack of 40 bandits.
4. Battle Royale (2000)
42 9th graders are sent to a deserted island. They are given a map, food, and various weapons. An explosive collar is fitted around their neck. If they break a rule, the collar explodes. Their mission: kill each other and be the last one standing. The last survivor is allowed to leave the island. If there is more than one survivor, the collars explode and kill them all.
5. Spirited Away (2001)
In this animated feature by noted Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki, 10-year-old Chihiro (Rumi Hiiragi) and her parents (Takashi Naitô, Yasuko Sawaguchi) stumble upon a seemingly abandoned amusement park. After her mother and father are turned into giant pigs, Chihiro meets the mysterious Haku (Miyu Irino), who explains that the park is a resort for supernatural beings who need a break from their time spent in the earthly realm and that she must work there to free herself and her parents.
6. The Taste Of Tea (2004)
The Haruno family makes its way in a small town in rural Japan. Yoshiko (Satomi Tezuka) is an artist and her husband, Nobuo (Tomokazu Miura), is a hypnotist. Their son, Hajime (Takahiro Sato), has fallen in love with a girl at school, while his sister, Sachiko (Maya Banno), is seeing bizarre visions, usually her own gigantic doppelganger following her through town, a specter she’s convinced will go away if only she can pull off a perfect backflip.
7. Nobody Knows (2004)
Preteen Akira Fukushima (Yûya Yagira) and his young siblings have been abandoned by their mother, Keiko (You). Keiko, who has moved in with a new lover, has left Akira in charge of his brother, two sisters and a whole apartment, with little money and food to see them through. Akira and the other children, who were never enrolled in school, struggle to survive without basic amenities as they cope with a strange, solitary existence in a Tokyo apartment building.
8. Departures (2008)
Daigo a cellist moves to his old hometown after he is rendered jobless due to his orchestra dissolving. He answers a classifieds ad entitled ‘Departures’ and finds his life-changing due to his new job
9. Our Little Sister (2015)
After the death of their estranged father, three siblings (Haruka Ayase, Masami Nagasawa, Kaho) invite their half sister (Suzu Hirose) to live with them.
10. After the Rain (1999)
A wandering samurai (Akira Terao) finds employment as a fencing master and battles a gang of mercenaries.
11. Harakiri (1962)
Hanshiro, an elder samurai, visits Kageyu, a feudal lord, and asks for a place to commit suicide. However, things change when Kageyu inquires about Chijiiwa, a young samurai, who visited before.
12. Fireworks (1997)
A cop whose wife is dying of cancer owes the mob money borrowed for her treatment and has to compromise his ideals in order to repay them.
13. Ring (1998)
A woman and her ex-husband investigate a series of teen deaths caused by a mysterious videotape. Their investigation takes an ugly turn when their own son becomes a victim.